This charming bird observation tower looks like a mix between a bird’s nest and a jewel box. Berta Risueño Muzás and Manuel Pareja Abascal designed the structure to provide visitors of Latvia’s Pape Nature Park with protection from the elements while also blending perfectly into its natural surroundings so as not to disrupt the local wildlife.

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The project, selected as the winner of the Pape Bird Observation Tower Competition, combines timber and rope to achieve a sense of protection and privacy. The use of rope as a sustainable and economical material that is easy to transport, simplifies the fabrication of the structure. The tower can be completely assembled off-site, it is easy to maintain and replace.

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Different-sized aluminum frames are placed in the shell, creating openings that connect the interior of the tower with the surrounding landscape. A light timber frame envelops the tower with a double function– it strengthens the structure and frames the façade.

+ Pape Bird Observation Tower Competition

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Berta Risueño Muzás, bird watching, green architecture, Manuel Pareja Abascal, observation tower, Pape Bird Observation Tower, rope architecture, timber, timber frame

Berta Risueño Muzás, bird watching, green architecture, Manuel Pareja Abascal, observation tower, Pape Bird Observation Tower, rope architecture, timber, timber frame

Berta Risueño Muzás, bird watching, green architecture, Manuel Pareja Abascal, observation tower, Pape Bird Observation Tower, rope architecture, timber, timber frame